Starting the internship was a bit overwhelming and I didn't really have a set list of responsibilities. This was because I was the first intern to this role. However, overtime I began to settle into the role more, gained responsibilities that gave more structure to my internship (Year long) and started to enjoy the internship more. I believe the next intern to replace me will not have these issues and will take up the responsibilities I have developed over time, so will settle into the role better.
To begin with it was hard to judge if I was meeting my teams expectations and if I was valued, this was because I was the first intern to the role and everyone in my team was highly experienced in their different fields. Overall I did feel valued in my team, but because of the fast paced nature of my work environment it did take some getting used to and I had to learn how to approach my colleagues for feedback, instead of expecting feedback to be given.
I think for the majority of my internship, my team forgot I was an intern so I didn't receive as much support as I probably should have. However, this did have it's advantages in terms of integrating better into the team. Over time, I also did learn how to be more proactive in asking for support and guidance, when I felt it was needed.
I personally like to keep busy, so for me my internship was great. Every day was sometime new and there were always task available for me to give a go. The team was happy for me to take on more responsibilities and assume various roles. Whenever it did get too much, I simply reported this and they were really understanding.
There were always task available in various different roles, so while I didn't have many set responsibilities for my internship role, I was able to complete a wide range of tasks instead outside of my main responsibilities. Often completing work well above the level of my current position within my assigned team.
Because of the wide range of tasks available and the nature of my internship, I was able to assume different positions in the team. From this I very quickly learnt how I find each role and what my career objectives are. Instead of graduating and trying a few different jobs to work it out, I essentially got to try multiple jobs in one go. The skills I have learn within my internship have also honestly cut at least a few years of my career path and set me up for roles I never would have thought I was capable of.
Because of of the fast paced nature of my work environment, the office was always very busy and full of people working really hard. While this didn't create the most fun environment to be in, once I got to know everyone better, the atmosphere was a lot better and I started to enjoy it more.
Overall I think my internship could have had more structure and I could have had more set responsibilities within my role. However, the all over the place set up of my role, did allow me to learn more skills and feel like I was not just an intern doing routine tasks.
I think my team personally invested so much into me and I believe they really cared about my development. Instead of just giving me simple tasks to do, they taught me how to do more technical and challenging tasks, so that I was able to learn more and contribute more to the team.
I am happy either way. I am already so grateful for my internship and while I would love to have a job with them, this wouldn't change how rewarding I found my position.
I didn't really interact with other interns.
Pretty high just because the position was in central London.
Really good! Central London has a bit of everything.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Advertising, Arts/Entertainment/Media, Design, Journalism, Marketing, Media
6th May 2020